News

August 2022

 

 

11

 

August    

 

Dr Helen Kavvadia, co-authored with Professors Judith Clifton Daniel Díaz-Fuentes an article entitled "The European Investment Bank and its role in financing public water" published in Water International. The article explores the logic of EIB lending to the water sector in general, and to public water in particular, demonstrating, a slippage in the period 1991-2021, as a process of levelling up meant the EIB distributed water lending more evenly among member countries.    

 

 

July 2022

 

 

22

 

July

 

Prof. Josip Glaurdić, together with Dr. Christophe Lesschaeve and Dr. Vladimir Filipović, published an article "The Failure of “Yugoslavia’s Last Chance”: Ante Marković and his Reformists in the 1990 Elections" in the journal Nationalities Papers. The last Prime Minister of Yugoslavia Ante Marković was considered by many within the country and in the international community to be Yugoslavia’s last chance for a peaceful transition toward democracy and capitalism. In spite of his popularity, the Reformist party he created failed decisively in the first democratic elections of 1990. The authors' analysis shows that the party’s failure had little to do with the voters’ exposure to the effects of the free market reforms undertaken by Marković’s federal government during this period. Instead, the Reformists suffered at the hands of a strong negative campaign by the Serbian regime of Slobodan Milošević, and they were squeezed out by the ethnically based parties that benefited from voters behaving strategically in the electoral marketplace dominated by questions of nationalism.

 

 

 

20-21

 

July

 

Dr Helen Kavvadia co-organised a conference on "European Public Banks and their Development Role: Interdisciplinary approaches to understanding the past, present and future of European development finance", sponsored by the Robert Schuman Initiative for European Affairs and the Institute of Political Science of the University of Luxembourg, The University of Manchester and The University of Padova. Prof David Howarth participated with a paper co-authored with Prof Desmond Hodson entitled "Team Europe’ or the Battle of the Banks: Explaining the Evolution of Pan-European Development Finance".

 

 

 

15

 

July

 

Laura Pierret, a doctoral candidate in Political Science won the prestigious annual Pierre Werner Foundation doctoral research prize. The funding recognises both her excellence as a PhD researcher and the importance of her thesis topic to the legacy of Pierre Werner.

 

 

June 2022

 

 

28

 

June 

 

Doctoral candidate Anđela Mićanović has been featured by Research Luxembourg.

 

 

 

20

 

June

 

Prof. Josip Glaurdić, together with Dr. Christophe Lesschaeve and Dr. Michal Mochtak, published an article "Coronavirus Conspiracy Theories in Southeast Europe: (Non-)Believers, Social Network Bubbles, and the Discourse of Blame" in the journal Problems of Post-Communism. Using survey and social network evidence from Southeast Europe, the authors advance the understanding of conspiracy theories and politics related to the coronavirus pandemic in three ways: (1) they show that beliefs in coronavirus conspiracy theories are related to ideological support for a nationalist vision of society and socialist vision of the economy; (2) they also show that both conspiracy believers and nonbelievers are living in bubbles of the like-minded; and they we use the tools of natural language processing to elucidate the unambiguous differences in the discourse related to the coronavirus used by conspiracy believers and nonbelievers.

 

 

 

14

 

June

 

Doctoral candidate Anđela Mićanović co-authored a report on Montenegro's brain drain.

 

 

 

10

 

June

 

Dr Helen Kavvadia co-edited with Lucia Coppolaro (University of Padova) the first ever academic book on the European Investment Bank (EIB) "Deciphering the European Investment Bank: History, Politics, and Economics", published by Routledge. The book includes chapters by Prof David Howarth and Helen Kavvadia, as well as of other 16 authors from different European Universities.

 

 

 

06

 

June

 

Dimitrios Argyroulis, a post-doctoral researcher in the Institute published "The European Semester: An Ordoliberal Construct?" (early view online) in the high ranking interdisciplinary Journal of Common Market Studies (JCMS).

 

 

MAY 2022

 

 

24 

 

May 

 

Prof. Barbara Allen, our visiting Fulbright professor from Carleton College organised a mini-conference in which PhD students presented their applications of the Ostrom's concept of polycentricity to their own areas of academic research. Prof. Allen also involved a number of academic colleagues in the US who commented on the students' work.

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19

 

May

 

Doctoral candidate Ramin Forghani discussed the Abraham Accords at Robert Schuman Initiative's Student Forum on the European Neighbourhood Policy at the University of Luxembourg. 

 

 

 

12-13

 

May

 

Prof. David Howarth hosted forty academics in person and on-line at his Workshop on the Politics, Law and Political Economy of European Banking Union. The workshop, at which twenty academic papers were presented and discussed, was linked to Prof. Howarth's FNR CORE project BEEBS (Building Effective European Banking Supervision) and was funded by the University's Robert Schuman Initiative's Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence (the EU's Erasmus+ programme). Laura Pierret, an Institute of Political Science doctoral student funded through the BEEBS project helped to organise the workshop, presented a paper and acted as a discussant. Dr. Jakub Gren, a former PhD student in the Institute (now working for the European Central Bank) presented a paper and acted as a discussant. An additional five members of the Institute presented papers and / or acted as discussants at the workshop.

 

 

 

12

 

May

 

Prof. David Howarth published "The increasingly differentiated Single Market?", in Leruth, B. et al., eds. The Routledge Handbook of Differentiation in the European Union (Routledge International Handbooks), chapter 24, pp. 391-407.

 

 

 

06

 

May

 

Sébastien Commain, a doctoral candidate in the Institute of Political Science, successfully defended his thesis - When does Finance Win?: A set-theoretic analysis of the conditions of European financial interest groups' lobbying success on post-crisis bank capital requirements. The defence committee consisted of Prof. Patrick Bernhagen (University of Stuttgart), Dr. Scott James (King's College, London), Dr. Stefano Pagliari (City University, London), Prof. Anna-Lena Högenauer (Chair) and Prof. David Howarth (Sébastien's supervisor), both from the Institute of Political Science. The committee was very impressed with the quality of Sébastien's thesis which was nominated for a Faculty thesis prize.

 

 

 

04

 

May

 

Moritz Rehm's (PhD candidate in Political Science) article, "Shocks and Time: The Development of the European Financial Assistance Regime" was published (Early View) in the high-ranking Journal of Common Market Studies.

 

 

APRIL 2022

 

 

29

 

April 

 

Our PhD candidate Ramin Forghani was featured by Research Luxembourg.

 

 

 

24

 

April

 

Prof. Josip Glaurdić was one of 156 signatories of an "Open Letter by the Experts on Eastern Europe and International Security to the German Government", calling on Berlin to immediately increase its support for Ukraine.

 

 

 

05 au 07 

 

April 

 

Prof. Dan Stevens, from the University of Exeter, visited the Institute of Political Science. Professor Stevens gave a lecture on political communication to students on our MA in European Governance, presented an academic paper to Institute members ('The Authoritarian Dynamic and Brexit: Understanding the Relationship between Authoritarianism and Wanting to Leave the EU') and make a public presentation on the legacy of the Brexit vote.

 

 

 

01

 

April

 

Martin Sacher, a doctoral student in Political Science, successfully defended his thesis. On the committee, chaired by Anna-Lena Högenauer, were professors Sabine Saurugger (IEP Grenoble), Dermot Hodson (University of London), Joachim Schild (University of Trier) and David Howarth (Martin's supervisor). The committee was very impressed with the quality of Martin's thesis - on the EU Commission's non-application of sanctions in EU fiscal policy rules - which was nominated for the Faculty's thesis prize.

 

 

MARCH 2022

 

 

14

 

March

 

Prof. Josip Glaurdić organized a public forum on the War in Ukraine. The panelists included Prof. Robert Harmsen, Viktoria Boretska (C2DH), Prof. Eleftheria Neframi (FDEF), and Prof. Matthew Happold (FDEF).

 

 

 

14

 

March

 

Prof. Josip Glaurdić and Dr. Michal Mochtak published an article "Prewar Public Discourse: Letters to Politika, Belgrade, 1988–1991" in the journal Europe-Asia Studies. The article sheds light on prewar public discourse by analyzing the origin, content and sentiment of more than 4,000 letters written by people from all walks of life and published in the Belgrade broadsheet Politika loyal to the regime of Slobodan Milošević during the three years directly preceding the Yugoslav wars. The authors' analysis combined lexicon-based tools of automated topic and sentiment analysis with data on the sociodemographic characteristics of the letter writers and their localities. The results of their analysis show the importance of the politicization of a history of violence in shaping public discourse in the run-up to war.

 

 

 

03

 

March

 

Prof. Josip Glaurdić was interviewed by the Tageblatt about the crisis in Ukraine

 

 

 

02

 

March

 

Dr Helen Kavvadia published an article entitle " Green Economy in the Post-pandemic Period: A Framework for Organizational Stakeholder Analysis " in the Business and Economic Research. The article provides a framework for understanding organisations' stances on the dilemma of ―climate versus post-COVID recovery, by deciphering the stakeholders' positioning in relation to the two alternative priorities. 

 

 

FEBRUARY 2022

 

 

28

 

February

 

Prof. David Howarth presented a recent paper on 'Bank Structural Reform: A Comparative Financial Power Approach' at the Center for Advanced Studies on the Foundations of Law and Finance, Goethe University Frankfurt.

 

 

 

24

 

February

 

Prof. Josip Glaurdić was interviewed by the Tageblatt about the effectiveness of sanctions against the Putin regime.

 

 

 

23

 

February

 

Prof. Josip Glaurdić was interviewed by the Croatian weekly Globus about the heritage of the late Croatian president Franjo Tudjman.

 

 

 

22

 

February

 

Prof. Barbara Allen, Carleton College, US, began her four month stay in the Institute as a Fulbright Fellow. Professor Allen will be teaching a Masters in European Governance course on Political Communication and a Doctoral seminar series on institutional diversity and environmental complexity.

 

 

 

17

 

February

 

July 21 and 22, 2022 Dr. Helen Kavvadia will hold a conference on European Public Banks and their Development where interdisciplinary approaches to understanding the past, present and future of European development finance will be presented. The Conference is sponsored by the Robert Schuman Initiative for European Affairs and the Institute of Political Science of the University of Luxembourg, The University of Manchester and The University of Padova. Abstract submission by 7 March 2022.

 

 

 

11

 

February

 

Professors Anna-Lena Högenauer, David Howarth, and Josip Glaurdić were interviewed by the Reporter regarding the case of plagiarism in the thesis of Prime Minister Xavier Bettel.

 

 

JANUARY 2022

 

 

28

 

January

 

Doctoral candidate Ramin Forghani published a TEPSA brief titled "The New Political Landscape of the Middle East: A New European Iran Strategy".

 

 

 

25

 

January

 

Prof. Josip Glaurdić gave a public lecture accompanying the showing of the documentary film "The Unforgiven" by the Zentrum fir politesch Bildung as part of commemoration of the victims of Holocaust.

 

 

 

21

 

January

 

Prof. Josip Glaurdić was interviewed by the Revue on the current political situation in Bosnia and Herzegovina and the related policies of the European Union.

 

 

 

20

 

January

 

Prof. Josip Glaurdić was interviewed by Delano about the first year in office of the Biden Administration.

 

 

 

10

 

January

 

Prof. David Howarth's three year INTER project, "Banking on Europe" began. The project is run jointly with Prof. Dermot Hodson at the University of London and involves a critical analysis of a number of European financial mechanisms, including the recently agreed Recovery and Resilience Facility. The project is funded by the UK Economic and Social Science Research Council and the Luxembourg FNR and involves hiring two post doctoral researchers and a number of public outreach and publication commitments.

 

 

 

03

 

January

 

Dr. Helen Kavvadia published an article entitled "Information Systems Development Methodologies: A Review Through a Teleology Approach" in the HighTech and Innovation Journal. The article assesses whether the fundamental Information Systems' design methodologies have a teleological orientation. To cope with the explosion of Information Technology in the late 1970s, these methodologies had to be developed rapidly, and lack a teleological approach. As the design of Information Systems is still based on these founding methodologies, and as these systems are expected to multiply exponentially in the run-up to industry 4.0, such analysis is topical for ensuring that systems serve human ultimate purposes. 

 

 

 

03

 

January

 

Prof. Anna-Lena Högenauer was interviewed by Luxemburger Wort on the 20 years of the Euro.

 

 

 

03

 

January

 

Dr Michal Mochtak and Dr Lesschaeve, in collaboration with Dr Adam Drnovsky from the Bundeswehr University Munich, published an article titled "Bias in the eye of beholder? 25 years of election monitoring in Europe" in the journal Democratization. The article analyses quarter of century of election monitoring in Europe and assesses the congruence of OSCE written assessments with expert views. The authors show that, overall, the OSCE monitoring reports are highly correlated and congruent with expert assessments. However, they also identify various forms of biases rooted in strategic interests and institutional preconditions. Mainly, they show that OSCE has a strong and positive bias in favor of Russia and its allies when it comes to election assessments indicating defensive and lenient stances. 

 

 

DECEMBER 2021

 

 

24

 

December

 

Prof. Josip Glaurdić was interviewed by Chronicle.lu about the potential for broader conflict between Russia and Ukraine.

 

 

 

20

 

December

 

Prof. Josip Glaurdić participated in the panel discussion "Yugoslavia's Last Act: 30 Years Later" organized by the Institute for Philosophy and Social Theory, the Museum of Yugoslavia, and the Friedrich Naumann Foundation in Belgrade, Serbia. 

 

 

 

13

 

December

 

Prof. David Howarth published (with Joachim Schild) "Torn between Two Lovers: German Policy on Economic and Monetary Union, the New Hanseatic League and Franco-German Bilateralism", in the journal German Politics.

 

 

NOVEMBER 2021

 

 

18

 

November

 

Prof. Anna-Lena Högenauer co-organized an event in the context of the Conference on the Future of Europe (with the Liaison Office of the European Parliament, the University of Saarland and TEPSA). Foreign Minister Jean Asselborn, MEP Isabel Lima-Wiseler and MEP Katarina Barley debated solidarity in the European Union with around 100 students from the University of Luxembourg, the University of Trier and the University of Saarland and 100 pupils from the European School 1.

 

 

 

10

 

November

 

Laura Pierret, a second year Political Science doctoral student, won a prestigious UACES Scholarship. The funding from the scholarship will facilitate Ms. Pierret's research travel over the next year.

 

 

 

02

 

November

 

Prof. Anna-Lena Högenauer published an article "Parliamentary Scrutiny of Brexit in the EU-27: Pragmatic Cooperation with a Dominant European Parliament" in the International Journal of Parliamentary Studies. The article explores the role of the European Parliament and national parliaments in scrutinizing the Brexit negotiations.

 

 

 

01

 

November

 

Reporter.lu has interviewed Prof. Anna-Lena Högenauer on the extent of plagiarism in the thesis of Xavier Bettel. 

 

 

OCTOBER 2021

 

 

28

 

October

 

Dr. Helen Kavvadia published an article "Restrictive or expansive? European Investment Bank’s challenge to equipoise climate finance with post-pandemic boost" in Fulbright Review of Economics and Policy. The article investigates the EIB in interaction with its main stakeholders, in pursuing two seemingly contradictory objectives of exclusively restricting its activity in green funding, as well as expanding its action for achieving a broad impact in the real economy.  

 

 

 

27

 

October

 

Prof. Anna-Lena Högenauer analyzed the thesis of Xavier Bettel for Reporter.lu in the context of a suspicion of plagiarism. RTL TV interviewed her for De Journal

 

 

 

21

 

October

 

Prof. Josip Glaurdić, Dr. Christophe Lesschaeve and Dr. Michal Mochtak published an article "Contesting war memories: Parties and voters in contemporary Southeast Europe" in the journal Party Politics. The article explores political contestation of war memories using extensive public opinion research conducted by the ELWar team in Southeast Europe.

 

 

 

19

 

October

 

Prof. Robert Harmsen was interviewed by Delano on Luxembourg’s election to the UN Human Rights Council and the role of the UNESCO Chair in Human Rights in fostering critical dialogue about human rights issues.

 

 

 

13

 

October

 

Prof. Anna-Lena Högenauer spoke to the ZDF about Brexit and the difficult negotiations of the implementation of the Northern Ireland Protocol.

 

 

 

12

 

October

 

Frederick A. Schulze, a recently retired US Department of Defense official, held an online discussion about the conduct of the US mission in Afghanistan and the dynamics behind the recent events called "The US Mission in Afghanistan: A First-Hand Account".

 

 

SEPTEMBER 2021

 

 

30

 

September

 

The EU-funded Cost Action IGCOORD – Intergovernmental Coordination from Local to European Governance – was launched. The project will run until 2025 and will analyze the coordination and communication between different levels of government in order to identify best practice. Prof. Anna-Lena Högenauer will work on this project as Management Committee Member. 

 

 

 

30

 

September

 

Prof. Anna-Lena Högenauer participated in a roundtable of the Institute Pierre Werner on the role of Franco-German relations in the European Union alongside Daniel Cohn-Bendit, Charles Goerens, Claus Leggewie and Edouard Simon.

 

 

 

24

 

September

 

Prof. Anna-Lena Högenauer was interviewed by the Wort on the German Federal elections, the main challenges for the candidates and the possible implications for the EU. 

 

 

 

23

 

September

 

Dr Michal Mochtak in collaboration with Dr Richard Q. Turcsanyi from Palacky University published an article "Studying Chinese Foreign Policy Narratives: Introducing the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Press Conferences Corpus" in Journal of Chinese Political Science

 

 

 

22

 

September

 

Prof. Josip Glaurdić was interviewed by the Croatian magazine Globus about the puzzling lack of popular support for Orbanism in the Croatian electorate.

 

 

 

22

 

September

 

The Institute of Political Science welcomes Giulia Buscicchio who joined the Institute as a visiting researcher. She will be working as part of the PROPEL project with Prof. Lindsay Flynn.

 

 

 

15

 

September

 

The Institute congratulates our incoming PhD student Leo Fel on winning the IAS Young Academics grant for his project "e/i-Voting: Political and Legal Aspects in the Cyber Era". Leo will pursue his PhD studies under the supervision of Prof. Josip Glaurdić, in collaboration with Prof. Peter Ryan from the Department of Computer Science.

 

 

 

11

 

September

 

Prof. Robert Harmsen was interviewed about the twentieth anniversary of 9/11 by Delano and RTL

 

 

 

10

 

September

 

Prof. Anna-Lena Högenauer was interviewed for an article of d’Letzebuerger Land on the decision to allow all foreign residents to vote in local elections. Until now, a five-year residency rule meant that foreign residents had to live in Luxembourg for five years before they could participate in local elections. 

 

 

 

07

 

September

 

Prof. Josip Glaurdić was interviewed by the BBC on the occasion of the thirtieth anniversary of the formation of the Conference on Yugoslavia led by Lord Peter Carrington. The Conference failed to bring about a peaceful solution to the Yugoslav crisis, but had a strong impact on the nature of the ultimate breakup of the Yugoslav federation.

 

 

 

05

 

September

 

Prof. Robert Harmsen was interviewed by Radio 100,7 about the situation in Afghanistan and the policies of the Biden Administration.

 

 

 

01

 

September

 

Prof. Josip Glaurdić and Dr. Christophe Lesschaeve published an article "Warrior candidates: Do voters value combat experience in postwar elections?" in the journal Political Research Quarterly. The article explores the relationship between political candidates' records of military service and their electoral success in communities more and less affected by war violence.

 

 

 

01

 

September

 

The Institute of Political Science welcomes Sarah Kostecki and Giuseppe Montalbano who joined the Institute as postdoctoral researchers. They both will be working as part of the PROPEL project with Prof. Lindsay Flynn.

 

 

AUGUST 2021

 

 

30

 

August

 

Our incoming PhD student Anđela Mićanović and her doctoral project were featured in the largest Montenegrin daily Pobjeda.

 

 

 

18 

 

August

 

Dr. Christophe Lesschaeve and Prof. Josip Glaurdić published an article "Condoning postwar corruption: How legacies of war prevent democratic accountability in contemporary Southeast Europe" in the journal East European Politics. The article explores the relationship between the allegations of corruption, political candidates' records of military service, and voters' perceptions of candidates' electability in Southeast Europe.

 

 

 

10

 

August

 

Prof. Anna-Lena Högenauer published an article on “The mainstreaming of EU affairs: a challenge for parliamentary administrations” in the Journal of Legislative Studies. The article analyzes the role of parliamentary administrations in EU affairs scrutiny. 

 

 

JULY 2021

 

 

20

 

July

 

The Institute congratulates our incoming PhD student Anđela Mićanović on winning the AFR grant for her project "The (Un)intentional Collapse of Europeanization: The EU and the Rise of Authoritarianism in Southeast Europe". Anđela will pursue her PhD studies under the supervision of Prof. Josip Glaurdić.

 

 

 

19

 

July

 

Prof. David Howarth (with Lucia Quaglia, University of Bologna) published "Failing forward in Economic and Monetary Union: explaining weak Eurozone financial support mechanisms" in the high-ranking Journal of European Public Policy.

 

 

 

07

 

July

 

Dr. Helen Kavvadia's views on Regional Development Banks Green Finance for Green Transport and other Infrastructure expressed at the Belt and Road International Transport Symposium(BRITS)— Carbon Neutrality and Sustainable Transport Experts Salon held in Xi’an, Shaanxi province of China, were reported at the magazine International Road Federation.